Book Review- Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Title: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Source: Pansing Singapore

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Synopsis:

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

 

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

My Review:

First of all- cover appreciation. If you guys don’t know already, I’m a sucker for pretty covers but then again who isn’t? I fell head over heels for this beautiful cover. Those realistic looking fishes are definite plus for this aesthetic pleasing cover! Two thumbs up! 

Henry reminds me of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory in the beginning, however his friends Lola and Murray salvaged his image by bringing in so much humor to the story. I am envious of their friendship. It’ll be a dream come true if I ever come to share such friendship some day. 

Grace, oh Grace. There’s something highly unordinary about Grace, yet she didn’t intrigue me enough. I wish I was excited to explore more of her secrets and world, but Grace Town isn’t my cuppa tea, if that makes sense. 

Yet, I gave four stars to this book. Why? Because this book simply oozes Eleanor & Park vibes. The brokenness of Grace and Henry’s eagerness to fix her broken pieces, Ughhh, I just love the angst!

I’ve learnt some important lessons in the book, and when you learnt something beneficial in a book, it’s crucial to get the book out there. 

We are constantly in search of true love. We believe that if it didn’t work out with this particular person, it only means we haven’t found the right one yet, or more commonly known as Soul Mate. 

We are on infinite search for grand love, always have movie scenes playing at the back of our head, dreaming about the possibility of having the perfect romance, which we think will last for eternity. Well, wrong. Love is hard work. Love needs loads of commitment. Love fades. We got to learn that love needs constant nurturing. There’s gonna be millions of hurdles, the “grand love” you shared with your partner may not withstand it all. 

Many these days go on miles of adventure to seek love. I’m not saying that it’s wrong, but please remember that not everyone will have an epic love story, even the epic ones may have lasted for only months. HA.

Another notable point are, the references. There were so many HP references in the book, I can barely contain my excitement when I stumble into them. 

Non-cliched but a very realistic ending, Our Chemical Hearts is a perfect read if you loved Eleanor and Park. Share with me your thoughts if you have read OCH! 

A big thank you to Pansing Singapore for the copy! Till the next post guys, Toodles! 

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3 comments

  1. I haven’t read this book yet but I’ve been meaning to! I remember enjoying Eleanor and Park, and you’re right that the cover for OCH just looks super beautiful. Glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. ❤

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